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The Enemy Behind The Enemy
by James Robison

08/03/2007

We must stand against our spiritual enemy as well as those who seek our physical demise.

 
Every week we witness a visible manifestation of evil magnified, personified and spewed out around the world. From the Texas mother who killed her husband and two children as they slept, then turned the gun on herself, to the suicide bomber that killed 20 innocent people at a Baghdad ice cream shop, a supernatural force drives people to horrible acts. The Bible refers to a realm of spiritual darkness, deception and destruction. Just reading the newspaper, it’s hard to deny its existence and power.

We can see how some people are totally controlled by the influence of this dark realm. However, many “people of faith” do not understand how this same enemy focuses its fury on them. These powers and principalities are not only evident in terrorist attacks; they set their sights on you and me. The enemy knows that he cannot push us to the point of suicidal murder, but he hopes to distract us from a fruitful, meaningful life and prevent us from being a light in this world. The plan of attack on our lives includes filling us with fear, bitterness, judgmentalism and self-centeredness. The goal is to kill our ability to express love, joy and peace.

The power that hardens those men who seek to kill us also attempts to soften us so that we become passive and easily defeated as individuals and nations. But we must resist the supernatural forces that come against us while standing firmly against terrorists. If the free world does not have the same resolve we had when standing against Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, we will not see another victory. Prior to World War II, it took a shaking and awakening to bring the United States to her senses so that we would refuse to give ground to the enemy. The same principle works in the individual lives of Christians today.

Foolishly, many times, we give the enemy ground to bring forth his despicable crop. We become passive. We become insensitive to truth and lack the resolve to resist. We find ourselves not only giving in, but giving up.

If this happens in the physical realm regarding the enemy of terrorism, the free world as we have known it and the comforts we have enjoyed in the United States will come to an end. If this happens in the spiritual realm, it becomes a stronghold, a fortress of enemy activity and suffocates the very expressions of life.

What visibly manifests in the daily news happens first in the invisible realm of the spirit. The enemy is trying to take ground in every one of our lives. I have asked God to help me unite people of prayer to resist this enemy, pray for wisdom and discernment on the part of leaders and pray for strength and character to stand firm. We must refuse to give ground to the enemy where he can bring forth his ugly fruit.

Jeremiah said that he wished that his eyes were a fountain of tears that he could weep day and night for his people. He was concerned because lies prevailed in the land and people went from evil to evil without really knowing the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the God who gave us Jesus Christ as our Savior. He said people had to be on guard against their neighbors and couldn’t trust their own brothers because they dealt craftily and went about as slanderers. They didn’t speak the truth, taught their tongues to speak lies, dwelt in the midst of deceit and refused to know God. They spoke “peace” to their neighbor, but inwardly set an ambush for them. The fruitful land had become like a desert because people had forsaken God’s truth. They would not obey his voice, but walked after the stubbornness of their own heart and after the gods of this world.

It sounds a lot like today.

The only answer is to return to the truth of God which truly sets captives free, delivers us from the grip of evil and sends us into the battle with unshakable resolve. Unless this commitment and resolve occurs within our hearts as individuals, and especially as believers, we will never be able to resist the intentions of the enemy. The spiritual enemy that drives our physical enemies is trying to defeat us and we must be aware of activities in the invisible realm. The power we can’t see affects everything we can see. God help us to receive the truth and walk in it.

 

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Author: James Robison

Word Count: 758

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net